Re: The accumulation of information followed by knowledge and(hopefully) wisdom.

Abraham Moses Genen (
Sat, 4 Oct 1997 22:26:32 -0400

Abraham Moses Genen
Being dedicated to the future progress of humankind
should be the prime concern of all civilized beings.
Dear Kennita Watson and other fellow Extropians:

The ability to learn is more than slightly dependent on the desire or
willingness of any individual to learn. The biggest handicaps to learning
are the arrogance and self-righteous egotism that frequently accompany

The desire to learn frequently involves the application of an informal or
social as well as a formal academic teacher-student relationship. Just as
no one should ever be ashamed of asking for information, no one has any
valid reason to be critical of any method intended in good faith to
provide information.

Offering alternative methods of learning are always desirable. No mode of
learning, however obscure is invalid. Nor should any well intentioned
offer of information ever be rejected on its face value. Always
constructively consider the motives of the source.

Thank you,

From: Kennita Watson <>
Subject: Re: The accumulation of information followed by knowledge
and(hopefully) wisdom.
Date: Saturday, October 04, 1997 1:29 PM

>Abraham Moses Genen wrote:
>I'd like to think that a good teacher is one who encourages others to do
>their own research and thinking. As such, the student -- regardless of
>their academic accomplishments -- should be provided with just enough
>information as may be necessary to start them on their quest for
>information and, ultimately, understanding. Understanding cannot be
>taught. Only facts can be taught. By encouraging each student to obtain
>the specific facts on their own, initiative and self-actualization is
>By this method the student learns more than the simple facts. They learn
>the values inherent in the accumulation of knowledge (epistemology) and
>the need for continuous learning and intellectual evolution.

Ah -- this presumes that your correspondent has consented to a student-
teacher relationship. I am a very busy person. If I want references,
I'll ask for them -- otherwise I'd rather have the information I request
in the most clear and concise form possible. If said information piques
my interest, I may ask for and/or look up references on my own.

>From a different angle -- beware judging, particularly negatively
the levels of understanding, initiative, and/or self-actualization of
another. Or, more fliply put: Who voted you Socrates? :-)


Kennita Watson | The bond that links your true family is not one of
blood,| but of respect and joy in each other's life. Rarely
| members of the same family grow up under the same
| -- Richard Bach,